The Gantt Report: Attack on North Carolina Tech was wholly unwarranted
Written by LUCIUS GANTT   
Monday, 20 February 2012

lucius_gantt_1.jpgA devilfish is a creature that buries itself in the mud and sand on the floors of some seas. When a fish swims nearby that the devilfish doesnít like, the devilfish exposes its venomous spine and poisons everything around it.

Mike Fish is an investigative reporter for ESPN.com. After listening to white prep schools talk about how they were losing recruits and football games to a small black football prep school, a plot was concocted that would attempt to poison the tiny black school like a devilfish would poison a minnow.

Anyone can take a lie, a rumor or an innuendo and run with it even though one lie often leads to another. For example, if a high school student who is not academically qualified and a poor performing football player says a coach told him if he paid a certain amount of money the student would get a scholarship to Louisiana State University or the University of Alabama, that scenario would be ludicrous.

Why? Because you have to be able to read to attend a Division One school to play football and anyone who can read can read contracts and agreements offered by any school from prep schools to Ivy League colleges regardless of what a coach does or does not say or promise.

The NCAA requires all student-athletes to have a certain number of credits in core high school classes and certain SAT test scores, or both, to be eligible to play D-1 football.

You can get test-taking skills help at a prep school and you can get only one credit so if a student doesnít study to pass an aptitude test or improve his high school credit numbers, he will never get to attend a D-1 school.

Fish chose to conduct a negative investigation of the North Carolina Tech Preparatory Christian Academy, the nationís prep school football program that wins the most games.

A witchhunt is not an investigative report, an unwarranted attack is not an investigative report and an arbitrary and malicious listing of misrepresentations is not an investigative report.

A true investigative reporter searches out the facts and lets chips fall where they may. A world-class journalist would never start out with a wrongful agenda and seek untrustworthy people or dubious facts to substantiate it.††

When I looked at NC Tech, this is what I found: I found a school that would take student-athletes that nobody wanted and gave those students educational and athletic opportunities they otherwise could not have gotten.

Not every student at NC Tech goes on to Notre Dame, Duke or the University of Miami. However, some NC Tech prep students did go on to study and play sports at schools like Nebraska, Auburn, Kentucky, Arkansas, South Florida and other D-1 schools. Others went to D-1A, D-2 schools and historically black colleges and universities like Johnson C. Smith University and Shaw University. Many students left NC Tech and continued their education and football playing at junior colleges.

Miamian Antonio Brown attended NC Tech, went on to study at Central Michigan and is now a Pro Bowl receiver for the NFLís Pittsburg Steelers.

A devilish reporter will never report the fact that before NC Tech student-athletes get a uniform, a playbook or a text book, they are given a copy of the Bible, the book of life.

A slanted story will also never reveal the fact that NC Tech dominates the prep schools, D-2, D-3, D-1 JV teams and junior colleges that they play on the football field often scoring 50, 70, and 90 points a game on devastated opponents.

Student-athletes and parents considering prep school attendance help in moving on to an institution of higher learning and athletic competition can feel comfortable going to North Carolina Tech Preparatory Christian Academy.

All the students have to do is be able to read the schoolís recruitment letters, agreements and other documents necessary to attend the prep school and play on a team that wins more football games than any other prep school in the nation. The students must have good study habits and good personal habits and values to succeed at any school or college.

Itís easy for a devilfish to attack and try to poison a minnow but on the prep school football field NC Tech is a killer whale and, biblically speaking, no weapon formed against a true Christian school like NC Tech Preparatory Christian Academy will prosper.

If youíre interested in more information about NC Tech, contact me and Iíll put you in touch with the coach, the school and/or the Ben Salem Presbyterian Church with which the school is affiliated.

And be careful when you come in contact with a devilfish.


Lucius Gantt is a consultant based in Tallahassee and author of the book† Beast Too: Dead Man Writing. He may be reached at allworldconsultants.net

 

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Assistant coach
written by Assistant Coach, February 19, 2012
Is you son Terrence Davis from Orlando FL? Are you the one that made a comment in the ESPN article? Just like in your comment, you make a lot of untrue statements. Didn't you write a bounced check for $5,000 and the academy had to notify you. You can get in trouble for writing a bounced check for over $3,000. Didn't your son attend 5 high schools and still did not graduate. Your son only played 1 year of high school football because he was not ever eligible. Doesn't you son have a criminal background that you lied about on the application. This is public information. It was fortunate that NC Tech even let him in. And you said in the ESPN article that you son ran a 4.3 40 and that is why NC Tech wanted him. I was there the day they had the tryout and it rained and they had the tryout in a gym. They did not even run the 40 yard dash so that was an untrue statment made to ESPN. You should be tired of making untrue statements. Your son is not even in Orlando, he was seen in Charlotte. If you dig a ditch for one man, you should dig one for yourself.
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written by A. Crayton, February 15, 2012
Sir, you are soooo off with your comments about NC Tech Prep. I am a parent who unfortunately experienced the evils of Coach Tim Newman and Mrs. Newman and his fraudulent mishaps that were made against me and my family and countless other families. This man and his wife is nothing more than snake oil salespeople. They will take advantage of anyone regardless of race. I am soooo black, african- american, hood, ghetto, and what ever else label you would like to use, and these people and their organization needs to be shut down.

They did nothing but lie and made false promises that were not kept. My son should not have been allowed to participate in the program from the beginning due to the fact that his gpa was too low after he graduated from high school. In fact, I'll get right to the point of the story (because I can be here all night with circumstances that occurred to prove they are theives using christianity to promote their misdeeds). They received his transcripts 3 months prior to my wife and I paying the $5k plus housing that we paid for our son to attend this scam. After we paid his tuition and signed the 6 months lease and took him to school to start, we were called by an assistant coach 2 weeks later and made aware that there was nothing that they could do to help our son. We sent emails, phone calls, and left messages for 2 months before we finally talked to Tim Newman (the ringmaster, CEO, President, the HNIC, and etc....). We wanted a refund due to the info that we received from them after we had our credit on the line by signing the lease to the apartments. We were on the hook and this is just one of the type of circumstances that happened with us along with other parents we spoke to.

We are appreciative to the report that was done by Mike Fish and ESPN. I will continue to spread the word about those CROOKED individuals...and no we did not receive one red cent back from them and we had to pay for the entire lease.

It is a shame that this BLACK MAN and his BLACK WIFE is taking advantage of parents who begged, and borrowed moneys to try to help there young BLACK sons have a shot at a higher education. We all know there is a need for this type of institution, but unfortunately, NC Tech is all about one thing and one thing only...making a dollar at any cost. I know at least 10 other families that he damaged in some other manner.



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